Viral Fix

Published On 03/24/2014

Scientists at Le Bonheur Children’s have directed nearly every experimental therapeutic advancement created to tackle RSV in the past 15 years. Today, Le Bonheur labs house the largest collection of human RSV in the United States, and are on the cusp of finding new therapies. It is the culmination of a growing body of research that could prove life-saving.

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As Le Bonheur respiratory research grows, a broad range of scientists are working together to lend expertise to a variety of projects tackling RSV, asthma, influenza and more.

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Faces of RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, infects every child. Almost all will get it by their 2nd birthday. It's the No. 1 cause of hospitalization of children in the United States. Meet some of the families affected by RSV.

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Patient Story: Hayden

Hayden Joyner was a 4-week-old, full-term, otherwise healthy baby boy when he got what looked like a minor cold. Forty-eight hours later, Hayden was in respiratory failure.

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Raising the Game:

ACS verification helps trauma team reach and underserved population

A push to “raise the game” in pediatric trauma care for Memphis children is helping kids in the most  unexpected places – pockets of the rural South where the specialized care was once limited. American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level 1 pediatric trauma verification has translated into a region better prepared for pediatric emergencies.

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After a tackle Josiah Crutchfield, an 8th grade student at Memphis University School, fell on the football field. His family thought he’d get up in a minute and shake if off. When he didn’t, they knew something was really wrong. Once Josiah arrived at Le Bonheur, the pediatric trauma team recognized his injury – a torn pancreas.

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Joan Han, MD, pediatric obesity specialist

Pediatric Endocrinologist Joan Han, MD, is director of the new Le Bonheur Healthy Lifestyle Clinic and Metabolic Research Center. She comes from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.

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Breathing easy: Federally funded program removes barriers for asthma patients, reduces health care

Hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits for high-risk asthma patients are down for children enrolled in a new Le Bonheur program geared at helping improve quality of life and lower health care costs. The CHAMP (Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership) program has enrolled 200 high-risk asthma patients since its inception in 2013.

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More than 4,000 children without primary care will have access to a new mobile unit Le Bonheur is sending throughout Memphis and north Mississippi. The unit was built with a $490,000 federal grant will begin serving schools in Memphis and Tunica County, Miss., this spring.

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